- LocationNorth Carolina
- Case #Rita
Rita was born in January 2013. She developed encephalopathy at several months of age as a result of a meningoencephalitis and has a history of multiple hospitalizations during her first year. Rita has been diagnosed with external hydrocephalus, cerebral palsy, amaurosis (vision loss) with retained light perception and significant developmental delays.
Update November 2017: Rita gazes intently at adults, reacting with a big smile and happy vocalizations when they talk to her or play with her. She turns her head in the direction of sound and focuses her attention on a toy of interest, making continual attempts to pull herself towards it. In the 2017/2018 school year Rita is attending a kindergarten program for children with disabilities.
Update May 2017: Rita frequently reacts with joyful and exuberant vocalizations, especially when raised up into a walking position, when brought into the activity room, and upon hearing the voices of familiar adults. She explores her surroundings, often by licking, loves music and musical toys, and visually tracks objects vertically and horizontally. The staff feels certain that she can see, although they do not know how much. Our in-country representatives shared that Rita is an affectionate little girl with smiling eyes who impressed them with her energy and tenacity.
August 2016: Rita is able to roll over both ways, prop herself up on her arms, and sit with support for a short period of time. She responds well to tactile, sound, and visual stimulation. Rita follows light and sound, can pull an object to her face to explore it with her mouth, and bats at toys swinging in front of her. She enjoys attention from adults and children, smiling and vocalizing when spoken to or touched gently and reacts with laughter when she hears her favorite songs.
Rita is a happy little girl who sleeps well. She is fed by her caregivers as she is unable to hold a spoon or cup on her own.
Rita has been receiving daily physical and speech therapy for the past year. Her therapists have noted progress including decreased spasticity of her limbs, improved grasp, and an increase in overall vocalization and feel that her emotional development and nonverbal communication skills will continue to improve.
The love and support of a dedicated family will enable sweet Rita to realize her true potential.
Weight May 2016: 10 kg Height May 2016: 85 cm
Weight Nov 2016: 10.2 kg Height Nov 2016: 87 cm
THIS CHILD MUST BE ADOPTED FROM THE FOREIGN COUNTRY OF HIS/HER RESIDENCE.
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